Is World History Prelims in UPSC?

World History is a significant subject for UPSC aspirants. It covers a wide range of topics related to global events, societies, and cultures throughout history. The question that often arises is whether World History is included in the UPSC Prelims.

To answer this question, we need to understand the structure and syllabus of the UPSC Prelims exam. The UPSC Prelims comprises two papers – General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT).

General Studies Paper I covers topics like Indian Polity, Economy, Geography, Environment & Ecology, Science & Technology, and Current Affairs. On the other hand, General Studies Paper II focuses on Comprehension, Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills, Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability, Decision Making & Problem Solving, General Mental Ability, Basic Numeracy (Class X level), and English Language Comprehension Skills (Class X level).

However, the UPSC syllabus does not explicitly mention World History as a separate topic in either of these papers. Instead, it falls under the broader category of “History of India and Indian National Movement.” This implies that questions related to World History may be asked in the Prelims exam but will be limited to events and their impact on India.

For instance, questions related to World War I or II might be asked in the context of India’s involvement or its impact on India’s freedom struggle. Similarly, questions related to industrialization or colonization may also appear in the context of their effect on Indian society.

Therefore, it is essential for aspirants to have a basic understanding of World History while preparing for UPSC Prelims. However, they must focus primarily on Indian history and its national movement as it holds more significance for this exam.

In conclusion, while World History is not explicitly mentioned in the UPSC syllabus for Prelims exams; it can still appear in questions related to Indian history’s impact. Aspirants must have a basic knowledge of significant global events and their effect on India while primarily focusing on Indian history and its national movement.